"Get off my lawn! Slowly, I guess. Good lord, son, put down the waffles." (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Ramon Hernandez. Clutch Man Monie did his best to replicate his Opening Day heroics by homering off of John Axford in the ninth inning, but it wasn't quite enough. Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto (two hits, a walk, and a run) and, what the hey, Zack Cozart, who got a hit and scored a run in his major league debut.
- Prince Fielder smacked a double off of Homer Bailey to lead off the second inning. Mark Kotsay grounded out, but Fielder rumbled to third base. Yuniesky Betancourt then lofted a ball into the outfield. Fielder tagged and scored. Brewers lead, 1-0.
- Homer Bailey took it upon himself to get that run back. He doubled in the third inning, went to third on Drew Stubbs's single, and scored when Miguel Cairo singled. Game tied, 1-1.
- In the fourth inning, Zack Cozart hit a two out single, his first hit as a big leaguer. He wasted no time showing some aggressiveness on the basepaths. Ramon Hernandez singled to right center and Cozart was running on the pitch. He was into third easily, but Mark Berry waved him around and Cozart went all the way home. The relay throw from Rickie Weeks was nowhere near the plate; a good throw would have resulted in an out. Reds lead, 2-1.
- Unfortunately, the pitching. The fifth inning was Homer's bete noir. Jonathon Lucroy singled, and Homer walked his counterpart, Chris Narveson. Then Rickie Weeks, noted Reds destroyer, destroyed the Reds with a three run homer. But the Brewers weren't done. One out later, Corey Hart singled and stole second base. Bailey struck out Prince Fielder, but Mark Kotsay singled and Hart scored. Brewers lead, 5-2.
- It looked like the Reds might get back in it in the sixth. Jay Bruce walked, and Jonny Gomes singled. But then Zack Cozart grounded into a double play.
- Late in the game, the Reds actually did begin to come back. Joey Votto led off the eighth inning with a single against LaTroy Hawkins, and went to third when Brandon Phillips singled as well. Jay Bruce grounded out, but Votto scored the run. Brewers lead, 5-3.
- The Brewers closer, John Axford, pitched the ninth, and Ramon Hernandez led off with a home run. So clutch! Edgar Renteria had replaced Cozart, but showed why new blood was needed by grounding out. Drew Stubbs drew walks, and a comeback seemed possible. But everyone knew a steal was coming, and Stubbs was thrown out at second. This was particularly devastating because Miguel Cairo and Joey Votto followed it up with singles. Stubbs definitely would have scored. Instead, Brandon Phillips grounded out to the pitcher, ending the game. Brewers win, 5-4.
- Ramon Hernandez is the only player to homer off of John Axford this season. He's done it twice.
- Rickie Weeks has 16 home runs this season. Five of them are against the Reds. He has no more than two against any other team.
- Losing sucks.
|Final - 7.7.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Chris Narveson (6 - 5)
SV: John Axford (23)
LP: Homer Bailey (3 - 4)